After seeing Tangerine, I had to check this one out. Didn't have the same humor or energy but at it's core it had exactly what made Tangerine so special; two extraordinary characters, a perfectly observed relationship, and absolutely stunning performances from these two newcomers. Dree Hemingway and Besedka Johnson are so authentic you'd swear they were just playing themselves in real situations.
Sean Baker has made two films that define very rarely captured parts of Los Angeles and while I feel this is superior to "Tangerine," they both prove he's a phenomenal talent. A great slice of life dramedy that packs an unexpected emotional punch and a fantastic San Fernando Valley tale.
Although this movie is not my type of movie, it became my type of movie. I think of California as a sunny place full of empty people. Jane is a nothing person, but her roommates are less than zero. I was seduced by the camera work, which reveals mostly the spaces between the people rather than the people. The only thing that's real is Sadie, and she helps Jane become something more.
I'm reviewing this film again because I feel like it deserves it. Before Tangerine, Sean Baker directed another non-explotive movie about female friendship and sex workers. Starlet is flawless. It's definitely one of those movies I went in expecting nothing extraordinary and getting blown away with how beautiful it is. It's now on netflix so please check it out! In my opinion, one of the most underrated indies
Una historia de amistad con mucha humanidad. "Starlet" es la relación casi por coincidencia de dos personas huérfanas de familia. Su química no deja de ser curiosa, y no solo por su diferencia de edades, sino por ese carácter emocional tan contrario una de la otra. Su historia funciona casi como un buddy film. Ya casi terminando se asoma un conflicto. Este servirá para revelar su lado sensible y emotivo.
When a young porn actress befriends an 85-year-old reclusive widow, you can't really know what to expect. Besedka Johnson (RIP), made this her first and last film, and she was phenomenal! Dree Hemingway (Ernest Hemingway's great grand daughter) is sublime and portrayed her character so convincingly, with a brush of spunk and grace. "Starlet" is visually stunning, riveting, and emotionally pleasing. I am blown away.
The two lead women in are majestic. It makes me so happy that Besedka Johnson achieved a performance like this so late into her life, and as a complete novice. Incredible. I’m a real sucker for these old/young character relationships, but their dynamic is particularly lovely. The scene in which Sadie returns in tears having lost Starlet was heartbreaking.
Dree Hemingway's performance felt very natural and real which made the friendship between Jane and Sadie more special because you start to develop a sense of care for this dysfunctional friendship. It certainly stands out from the typical indie flick.